January 14, 2010
Contact: University Relations
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company has made a $1 million contribution to help match the challenge grant initiated by UB School of Law alumnus Peter Angelos, LL.B. '61, for the construction of a new home for the University of Baltimore School of Law. The firm's president, Willard Hackerman, has been a consistent supporter of University initiatives.
"Under President Robert L. Bogomolny's tenure, the University of Baltimore is growing and becoming an increasingly important part of the city community," Hackerman, a native of Baltimore, said. "I am proud to be a part of this growth and to show my support for a high-quality, Baltimore-based institution of higher learning."
The Whiting-Turner gift is one of the largest private matching gifts made to date toward the Angelos challenge. The $5 million, dollar-for-dollar matching pledge was made by Angelos to support construction of a new, 190,000-square-foot law school building, which will be located on a UB-owned parcel on the northwest side of the intersection of Charles Street and Mt. Royal Avenue.
The new John and Frances Angelos Law Center, named after Peter Angelos's parents, will be a signature building, not only for UB but for the city of Baltimore as well. The internationally acclaimed architectural firm of Behnisch Architekten of Stuttgart, Germany, in partnership with Baltimore's Ayers/Saint/Gross, Inc., will strive to achieve LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for the new building by implementing an array of green technologies. The new building is slated to open in 2013, and the current John and Frances Angelos Law Center, named as part of an earlier gift in 1991 and located at Maryland and Mt. Royal avenues, will be renovated to accommodate UB's growing academic programs.
Hackerman believes that the new building will be only one part of the University's new stature in the community.
"UB is one of Baltimore’s best kept secrets. This campaign will help give the institution the recognition it deserves," he said.
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the School of Law, the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts and the Merrick School of Business.